Newcastle College culinary students proved they have sweet talent this week as they joined Michelin starred chef Terry Laybourne MBE, to serve two desserts at a five-course fundraising dinner.
Five culinary arts students teamed up with Café 21’s Laybourne in Gisborough Hall Hotel’s kitchens, to dish up Panna cotta and Rhubarb, followed by a Madirifolo Chocolate and Orange Espresso Caramel dessert at the event, held in aid of the Royal Academy of Culinary Art’s Adopt a School charity.
Lucy Wilkinson, Level 3 Patisserie and Confectionary student, said: “One of the best parts of studying a hospitality course at Newcastle College is having the chance to work with local chefs and at events like this one.
“This is the most prestigious event I’ve done so far and I’ve learned so much from working with Terry in the lead up to the evening. It was a challenge, but really exciting and I was so pleased with how it all went on the night.”
The event’s menu featured five unique dishes from Laybourne and fellow Michelin starred chefs Frances Atkins, Jonathan Harrison (with Darlington College students) and Kenny Atkinson (assisting Middlesbrough College students), with proceeds from ticket sales and a live auction going to Adopt a School.
Adopt A School is a national charity which sends chefs and hospitality professionals into schools to teach children about food, practical cooking skills, and healthy eating to set them up with basic life skills.
It is hoped primary school pupils from across the North East will not only benefit from learning where their food comes from, but could be inspired to pursue careers in the catering industry through the initiative.
Phil Pringle, Curriculum Leader of Hospitality and Tourism at the College commented: “Events like this are a highlight for us and for our students who get the opportunity to gain real experience working alongside some of our region’s most talented chefs.
“We were extremely proud of all the students involved in the event, both in the kitchen and front of house, who showed great professionalism and talent.
“The Adopt a School initiative is particularly important and it’s fantastic that Newcastle College and our students were able to be part of something which supports such a great cause.”